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FreedomPop Offering Free 1 GB, Unlimited Talk and Text BYOP Promotional Plan

FreedomPop, a freemium data-only Sprint MVMO that's been in business since 2012, is running a new promotion. For a limited time, if you can bring your own phone to FreedomPop you can get unlimited (VOIP) talk and text and 1 GB of data per month for free. That's double the data that FreedomPop's regular free plan includes. The normal free plan also only 200 minutes and 500 texts although those are of dubious value when Hangouts gives you unlimited VOIP talk and text for free.

FreedomPop is waiving its normal $19.99 BYOP activation fee during this promo. Instead they are charging a $20 initial top up. The top up can be used to pay for more data at 2¢/MB to cover data overages or to purchase a long list of extra cost services like Visual voicemail ($2.99/month), Hotspot ($3.99/month) and various international calling plans. When the plan's balance, drops below $2, FreedomPop with automatically top up your account by $15. This is similar to many of fellow Sprint freemium MVNO  RingPlus' recent free plan promotions which include mandatory top ups of $15 or $20. FreedomPop seems to be copying RingPlus' strategy of charging money up front for free plans and using mandatory top ups to generate recurring revenue from customers who exceed their free talk, text or data allowances.

You can sign up for the unlimited talk and text, one GB promotional plan at freedompop.com/byodpromo3. If you are a current FreedomPop customer and that link redirects you to your FreedomPop dashboard, log out of the dashboard and try again. Current customers also need to use a different email email address each time they sign up for a new account as FreedomPop only allows one phone per email address. For more information see this discussion about this new plan on FreedomPop's Forum.

Source: FreedomPop

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  1. I still like ring plus's normal non voip calling, call me old fashioned.

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  2. I still like ring plus's normal non voip calling, call me old fashioned. How is a byop phone provisioned to use voip, is there an app?

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  3. Hey, you are mixing up Ringplus and Freedompop. Last portion mentions if you are an existing "Ringplus customer".
    Also, the promo is over already. It was only for 500 accounts.

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    1. I've corrected the RingPlus typo, thanks for pointing it out.

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  4. For promo over message, see 4th from last msg form Ali.
    https://forums.freedompop.com/discussion/13135/byod-free-unlimited-talk-text-1gb-data-plan-every-month-limited-time#latest

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    1. FreedomPop has extended the promo past 500 activations according to this SlickDeals post from yesterday Slickdeals.net - View Single Post - FreedomPop: FREE Unlimited Talk, Text & 1GB Data / Month Plan (w/ One-Time $20 Top Up) + Free BYOD Activation. Ali's Forum post is from Dec 21.

      Also the promo is still showing as available at freedompop.com/byodpromo3. When previous FreedomPop promos ended, the promo link has redirected to a page showing current phone deals. So I think the offer is still live but YMMV.

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  5. I know RingPlus can have its service problems, but at least it's good enough to use as a primary phone (at least for MY family and some friends, anyway), but has anyone had the same success on FreedomPop? Using FreedomPop with VOIP over the data connection was excruciating and was cancelled within the first month.

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    1. Just like the Federal Reserve, VOIP calls are data dependent. :-)

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  6. I do not suggesting freedompop as your primary phone. Both Google Voice/Hangouts and freedompop's own app are not good enough yet for incoming calls. Hangouts is more reliable but still not 100%. I still have problems with Google Voice's forwarding service to my Ringplus #. Granted I still miss the odd text or call on R+ as well. These services really are only good for data and even that can be slow in odd places. I can't afford anything else though, so I have to deal with the missed calls and texts.

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    1. That might have more to do with sprint, I know people who have postpaid sprint proper and they complain of late/no show texts and voicemails delayed by hours.

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  7. I'd personally not trust ring plus's free plans as a sole line even in good Sprint areas, I just feel funny paying them nothing , it's psychological I'm sure, I am on the $20 u/u/2gig plan And would make that my sole line if I didn't have months of Tmobile prepaid in my account, anybody know what the going rate is for a prepaid Tmobile account Currently on the $30 5gb plan with enough funds to cover 10 Months of renewals?!

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  8. looking at the freedom pop unlimited talk and text and 1 gb i read it as a one month free trial and after that there is the monthly fee. only do i see the first month as free. i will go for the 200 free minutes and top up for $20.

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    1. The offer page says: "Unlimited Talk, Text & 1 GB Data 100% FREE EACH MONTH". I can't see any way that can be interpreted as a one month free trial.

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  9. Was at an isolated ski site and freedompop data did not work. I am pretty sure it got overloaded. AT&T was working fine though for calls and data. Freedompop (Sprint) is not reliable. Had this happened other times as well.

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    1. Any service can be reliable or unreliable depending on the coverage area. Just because ATT worked at an isolated ski site while Sprint did not does not necessarily mean Sprint is not reliable.

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  10. I'm still very skeptical about how RP and FP make money. FP doesn't even run ads, so where is their revenue? Maybe Sprint is padding their customer adds by giving out free service?

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  11. Freedompop is adding GSM service to the U.S. and other regions (200MB free per month):

    http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/20/freedompop-global-sim/

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